When it comes to safety and security, people often overlook their own personal security when in the comfort of their own home. You are no less likely to be a victim of crime when you’re at home than when you are out, and it is therefore crucial that you prioritise your own personal safety no matter where you are. This is especially true for stay at home moms, who often spend a large part of their day at home alone.
In order to maximise your, and your children’s safety, it is extremely important for stay at home moms to be aware of certain safety tips and procedures that they can follow in the case of an emergency.
Always keep your windows and doors locked
Although you more than likely keep your doors and windows locked when you leave your home, it is just as, if not even more important to do the same when you are at home with your kids. Yes, kids like to spend time outside playing in the garden, but when they are not outside it is important to remember to keep all doors locked and windows secured, as this is often your first line of defence against an intruder. An open door visible from the road can make your home a target to burglars. This also goes for garage doors. You can also look at getting slamshut security gates as an extra precaution.
Identify a safe zone
It is important to be aware of potential safe zones in which you and your kids can hide in the event of a break in. Familiarise yourself with direct routes that you can follow to reach these spaces and look at installing additional security features to those spaces, such as panic buttons, a slamshut security gates or a door handle that can be locked from the inside; in order to maximise your safety. Safe zones can include closets, attics and smaller storage rooms. It is also a good idea to occasionally practise reaching and hiding in your safe zone to ensure that no mistakes are made in the event of an emergency, and to discuss a plan of action with your children.
Join of your community reactionary security service
The last thing you want is to have to rely on the slow reaction time of the police in the case of an emergency. Many suburbs and communities have a reactionary security service which patrols the neighbourhood and provides armed response in the case of an emergency. You can sign up for this service for a monthly fee and the company will provide you with immediate armed assistance if you press the panic button. You should also consider having a panic button in every other room so that they are immediately and easily accessible.
Hopefully with these safety tips you will be better equipped as a stay at home mom, to handle an emergency situation, should it arise while you are at home alone.
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